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Davonte Weatherford,22, was shot by a Memphis, Tenn., police officer in 2017, and survived. After he was shot protests erupted in the city. Many said it was another case of a Black man being targeted by law enforcement officers, while officials said Weatherford put lives of police officers in danger.

Weatherford asked the police department to release the body camera footage from the incident, but they refused.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the newspaper filed a public information request for the bodycam footage, dashboard camera video and surveillance video from a nearby business. Their request was also denied.

On Monday, over a year later, Weatherford got his hands on the footage and released it himself. He reportedly received the footage from someone at the Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm. But Weatherford’s criminal defense lawyer, whose name just happens to be Claiborne H. Ferguson, did not confirm that he gave the footage to Weatherford, The Commercial Appeal reports.

See the video below:

“You run again, I’m gonna kill you,” the unnamed cop can be heard saying at the beginning of the video. Seconds later, two shots ring out and the officer jumps out of the car pointing the gun at Weatherford, who is on the ground.

Although Weatherford is wounded, the police roll him onto his stomach and handcuff his hands behind his back, as blood pools onto his shirt.

“I’m finna die,” Weatherford says. “I feel it.”

According to a police affidavit, on September 8, witnesses reported two men flashing guns. When officers tried to detain people in the parking lot, the individuals reportedly began to run.

The police department released a statement that said: “Officers pursued, at which time one of the suspects reportedly turned and pointed a handgun at the officers,” but the police have not said if Weatherford was pointing the gun at the officer while running.

Weatherford’s account of the incident is different.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Weatherford said he was at the shopping center where the incident happened after an argument with his girlfriend. As he was searching for a ride, Weatherford said a group of people at the store got into an argument and one of the people pulled out a gun.

However, Weatherford says that he didn’t initially run from the cop, according to an interview with the Commercial-Appeal.

“The other dudes had took off running. I just stood there,” Weatherford told the Commercial Appeal. “I was thinking what am I going to run for, I didn’t do anything.”

Weatherford then said he started to run after he remembered he had an unregistered weapon, but was eventually cut off by the cop car. The police department said the .380 Jimenez pistol that was found at the scene was reported stolen in 2015.

Weatherford didn’t have a criminal record before the incident, but now faces charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and theft of property. A later charge of unlawful possession of a weapon was added after the arrest when police say they discovered the gun Weatherford had was reportedly stolen. His next court date is on December 4.

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18 thoughts on “Man Shot By Police Releases Video Himself After Cops Refuse

  1. Black King on said:

    I agree with Mac Daddy let’s stop making excuses for young men. Why do you have a stolen gun in the first place. If he had not run the cops might have gotten the real bad boys.

  2. charles on said:

    No DEFENCE HERE!!!Bro had a gun and ran.Innocent no need to RUN. Common Bro”s WAKE THE FUCK UP put yourself in this position and this what you get SHOT or KILLED!!!!!

  3. KINGIIII on said:

    Every Black Man in America…..knows that the cops will more likely shoot at a person running away….if you are innocent why do it.??? Just another thug with a gun in our neighborhood and thank God the cops got him before he could kill more innocent black people..!!!!

  4. Dat deal on said:

    Mac Daddy been reading your stupid a@$ comments for a while now and what part you don’t get he was shot in the Back running away, no excuse for that!!!

  5. Christianforreal on said:

    Officer shoots FLEEING subject!!!! Why was he shot?? Granted he did kind of put himself in a predicament that could have cost him his life. However, this law ENFORCEMENT officer had NO cause to shoot this man, nonewhatsoever.

  6. Glenn Tukes on said:

    Whst people arent talking about is : The absolute need of reform for law enforcement and the bullshit loopholes in place for them to weasel therir way out of facing charges and CONVICTIONS FOR MURDER.

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      What people aren’t talking about: Why we hold thugs running the neighborhood with illegal firearms to no accountability

  7. He was shot in the back. Really why not the leg or arm , I mean the back, so he was not advancing towards anyone but running. So what was the threat of harm that caused you to shot someone in the back? Just asking……

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      This wasn’t a controlled environment like a shooting range. Active shooter, nicc@‘s running they stole something in every direction and you expect the cop to line up a shot to injure and not kill? How about this – Nic@as stop committing 90% of the crime in the country? Now get out my face fore’ you get a backhand right to the grille

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